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When Widow Tulip Jones of Bore, England, inherits a ranch in By-Golly Gully, Texas, and moves in with two trunks of tea, twelve pet tortoises, and three servants, hilarity ensues. The peaceful life suits the wealthy widow fine until word gets out and every unmarried man in Texas lines up to marry her. Widow Tulip and her small staff of three can't possibly run the farm and manage all the suitors, so she devises a plan--and it just might work. This story filled with giant tortoises, 1,000 brides, bad guys, a smart widow, and even a little romance is sure to get kids laughing.
Here are eight gloriously imaginative stories for eight satisfying sessions of bedtime reading. There's a flying apple pie, a cat that's bigger than an elephant, a house that lays an egg, storybook animals that leap out of their books at night, and a wealth of other wonderful characters and ideas, all with the colorful, dreamlike quality of the very best fairy tales. Joan Aiken's delicious prose is a joy to read aloud to very young listeners yet simple enough for the independent reader to savor on his or her own. Kevin Hawkes's illustrations-nearly 60 of them-capture with great flair and fun the magical adventures and the triumph of the good over the bad.From the Trade Paperback edition.
After twelve-year-old Annika, a foundling living in late nineteenth-century Vienna, inherits a trunk of costume jewelry, a woman claiming to be her aristocratic mother arrives and takes her to live in a strangely decrepit mansion in Germany.
The world's largest toddler is back in a wickedly funny and outrageous sequel to The Wicked Big Toddlah. Toddie and his parents are just your average Maine family taking a trip to New York City. Sure, things are a little different for wicked big Toddie--he can pick up a fire truck and paddle over to the Statue of Liberty. But when Toddie accidentally gets separated from his parents and ends up lost, he acts just like any other baby would act--he's scared and he wants his Ma! Will Toddie be reunited with his parents?Kevin Hawkes once again proves his versatility as both a talented artist and a gifted storyteller in this hilarious sequel that is equally easily enjoyed on its own.
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